German Movies at Seattle Children’s Film Festival

There will be 4 German Movies at the Seattle Childrens Film festival. One director is coming and one screen writer! All pretty amazing. Mark your calendar!

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And here the German movies:


Friday, Feb. 3 @ 7pm & Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 3pm

HEIDI — Seattle premiere

2015, 105 min, Alain Gsponer, Germany/Switzerland (live action)

In this dazzling new film version of the beloved children's book, the adventuresome five-year-old orphan who lives in the Swiss Alps finds her life turned upside down when she must take care of a sick child, Klara. This refreshing rendition of the classic portrays true friendship and devotion.

NOTES TO PARENTS: In German and Swiss-German with English subtitles.

Watch the trailer:  (trailer in German, no subtitles)


Sunday, Jan. 29 @ 3pm

FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE  — Seattle premiere – Screenwriter

Katrin Milhahn in attendance!

Presented with Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest!

2016, 97 min, Norbert Lechner, Germany (live action)

Vietnamese sisters Lihn (age 11) and Tien (age 9) must keep a dangerous secret — their mother has had to return to Vietnam, and the girls are on their own in Germany. Their family life would fall apart if the truth were known. But can their feisty 11-year-old friend Pauline understand their plight and earn their trust? This film explores the true meaning of family and friendship, while realistically depicting the compromises and uncertainty that immigrant children face on a daily basis.

NOTES TO PARENTS: In German and Vietnamese with English subtitles. The film raises issues about of the ethics of children keeping secrets to protect one another, and there are scenes of conflict and a few coarse words.

Watch the trailer:


Saturday, Jan. 28 @ 3pm

NELLY’S ADVENTURE — US premiere — director in attendance!

Presented with Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest

2016, 97 min, Dominick Wessely, Germany (live action)

Thirteen-year-old Nelly’s holiday in Romania takes a very dramatic turn when she accidentally discovers her family’s secret plan to relocate there. Running away to avoid the reality of her fate, she walks straight into the hands of kidnappers! Their leader is an unscrupulous German engineer, plotting to destroy her father’s energy project by forcing the family to leave the country. Nelly, in turn, befriends two young Roma siblings, Tibi and Roxana, who aid her in her adventurous escape. Together, they cross mountains and rivers, flee from a dungeon, board a moving train, “borrow” a car and become the heroes of the day!

NOTES TO PARENTS: In German and Romanian with English subtitles. The young characters in the film face danger. There is some drinking by adults, and a few mild swear words.

Watch the trailer:


Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 1pm                                                                             

AT EYE LEVEL — US premiere

Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest

2016, 98 min, Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf, Germany (live action)

11-year-old Michi lives in a children's home, every day fighting to win the respect of the other kids and dreaming of the day he will find his dad. But then he meets Tom – who happens to be a dwarf — and his fantasies turn into complex reality. When the kids find out, Michi's life becomes hell and he flees. With nowhere to go, he moves in with Tom, who is new to this fatherhood thing, while Michi tries to hide his embarrassment from his fellow school kids. This forces Tom to confront his difference head-on. As time passes, Tom and Michi discover they have more in common than other sons and fathers.

NOTES TO PARENTS: In German with English subtitles. The film contains a few harsh swear words and scenes of intense bullying.

Watch the trailer:


The Small Grain of Rice

(Dirk Böhling, Germany, animated, 2016, 6 min) German with English subtitles.

The true story of the meeting that inspired the first SOS-Children's Village outside of Europe.

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